0630EDT May 29 2012 – Thunder Bay Flooding Update


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Neebing River at Edward Street - photo by Heather Spivak
THUNDER BAY – As part of the ongoing response to the City flood emergency, the City of Thunder Bay closed the Edward Street Bridge over the Neebing River shortly after 10PM Monday as a precaution due to the high water level. The bridge will be evaluated tomorrow during the day on Tuesday to reassess the situation.

Environment Canada is calling for a 40 percent chance of drizzle this morning. With showers beginning late this morning. Fog patches dissipating near noon. Wind becoming west 20 km/h late this morning. High 15. UV index 3 or moderate. Tonight, the weather service is saying those showers should be ending this evening then cloudy.

Schools will be open today, with the following exceptions: Crestview and Kakabeka Falls schools are closed.

All busing from the Kakabeka and Crestview school areas is cancelled including all Lakehead Public School Secondary Students bused from these areas.

As the East End was particularly hard hit by flooding, City crews were installing portable toilets by 12:30AM Tuesday.

The short-term reception centre is in place at the Neebing Arena. By end of day on Monday, two persons attended the centre to ask for information and no persons made use of the available transportation from the staging area at the Slovak Legion, 801 Atlantic Avenue. The reception centre will remain available, if required, and residents are encouraged to call 211 for more information.

The following facilities were closed as of 5PM Monday: the Canada Games Complex, Churchill and Volunteer Pools, the 55 Plus Centre, and the West Thunder Community Centre.

The City has implemented a contingency strategy which includes an assessment at the Secondary Sewage Treatment Plant. The City is unable to confirm timelines for completion of the assessment and remedial action.

Mayor Hobbs stated this morning on Canada AM at 06:30 that they hope to have new pumps arrive in the city today.

The City is also dealing with the following road closures:

  • North 25th Side Rd. from Arthur Street to the north end;
  • Mission Marsh Rd;
  • Kline Rd. extension (also known as Little Kline Rd.), to the end;
  • Highway 130 from Oliver Rd. to Pole Line Rd;
  • Oliver Rd. from Mapleward Rd. to Townline Rd.

Residents and businesses are asked to follow the following recommendations:

  • Check on friends and relatives who may need assistance and particularly seniors and persons with disabilities to make sure they are in good health;
    Minimize the amount of water that is flushed or released down the drain until further notice. City tap water is safe to drink [However, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit recommends those on private well water should bring the well water to a rolling boil for one minute before consumption];
    Exercise caution when travelling in the area of waterways;
    Stay out of the basement if it is flooded, especially if water has risen as high as electrical outlets and advise Thunder Bay Hydro at 343-1111;
    Do not consume food that is wet due to flooding and follow the Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s recommendations for food safety during a power outage. Visit www.TBDHU.com.

Important contact numbers:

  • Thunder Bay Hydro – 343-1111 or after hours 343-1002 – for electrical problems or concerns;
  • Infrastructure & Operations – 625-2195 – to report flooding or for questions or concerns about City roads and other City infrastructure;
  • Ministry of Transportation – 511 – for information about provincially-owned highways;
  • 211 for general information and details on reception centre;
  • 911 should only be called if there is an emergency.

Damien Gilbert shares this montage of footage from the region taken Monday:

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